Grants and scholarships for master's in psychology are essential for many post grad students; for some students, not receiving scholarships and grants can make it impossible to attend or finish grad school. Learn about several potentially available awards.
NASP-ERT Minority Scholarship Program
The National Association of School Psychologists offers grants and scholarships for master's in psychology, specifically for school psychology. However, the NASP-ERT Minority Scholarship Program does not fund doctoral studies. Successful applicants must be ethnic minorities, U.S. citizens and plan to attend a NASP approved and regionally accredited academic institution. The aim is to enable more minorities to fund the educational path necessary to become school psychologists. NASP representatives announce scholarship award winners at the organization's annual convention; winners must attend the program in the upcoming fall semester to receive the funds. Interns who are enrolled in course credit during traditional school semesters qualify for the NASP-ERT Minority Scholarship Program.
The program, which began in 1995, offers at least one $5,000 scholarship each year. In 2009, NASP offered three graduate students $5,000 scholarships. New applications and instructions for the upcoming year's program are usually posted at the NASP-ERT Minority Scholarship Program website at the end of May each year.
National Association of School Psychologists
4340 East West Highway, Suite 402
Bethesda, MD 20814
Hawaii Veterans Memorial Fund Scholarship
The Hawaii Veterans Memorial Fund Scholarship, offered through the Hawaii Community Foundation, is available for high-achieving Hawaii residents who plan to pursue a master's degree at any United States college or university. The program does not require applicants to be veterans or related to veterans.
Applicants must have at least a 3.5 GPA in their undergraduate college studies or if applicable, psychology graduate program. Applicants must submit an essay, as well as provide official transcripts and a copy of a federal Student Aid Report (SAR). Additional funds may be available for high achieving students, according to "The Ultimate Scholarship Book 2010." Called the Murakami award, interested students also need to submit two letters of recommendation with their application.
The number and amount of awards granted each year varies according to available funding.
Hawaii Community Foundation - Scholarships
1164 Bishop St., Suite 800
Honolulu, HI 96813
APF/COGDOP Graduate Research Scholarships
Available grants and scholarships for master's in psychology include the APF/COGDOP Graduate Research Scholarships, a program of the American Psychological Foundation. The APF/COGDOP Graduate Research Scholarships are available to students in interim master's program. Students in terminal master's programs can also apply if they plan to pursue their PhD later.
Student attending or planning to attend a college in good standing with the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology are eligible to possibly receive scholarships. However, the applicant must be nominated by his university; each eligible college can nominate between one and three students each year, depending on the number of enrolled graduate students.
Up to 13 awards ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 are offered to accepted applicants each year, according to "The Ultimate Scholarship Handbook 2010."
American Psychological Foundation
750 First Street NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
Fax number not published.
- "National Association of School Psychologists." http://www.nasponline.org/index.aspx
Tanabe, Gen S., and Kelly Y. Tanabe. The Ultimate Scholarship Book 2010: Billions of Dollars in Scholarships, Grants and Prizes. Belmont, CA: SuperCollege, 2009